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I like Drury, hate to see him go if true. Great numbers two years ago, slipped last year.
Another good thing. Upton has 3 years left on his contract. Prado was going to be a free agent at the end of the year and probably would have commanded more money that Atlanta would be willing to pay him.
Calling Johnson a stud is a little far fetched. Prado is a real assest relative to Johnson. But Johnson is serviceable and has shown some promise. The year he had in Houston (I think 2 years ago), his BABIP (Batting avg on balls in play) was pretty high so theres a lot of luck there. He hit ok in Houston last year but really benefited from being in AZ from Julyish thru the end of the year. Best case scenario for him is he could repeat those same numbers and be about league avg defensively. Francisco is the real key here bc they didnt make this trade thinking Chris Johnson was a stud...they make it thinking that between Johnson and Francisco, one of them is going to be ok
Maybe we could see Atlanta try to dump Uggla on somebody at the end of the year and go after Prado in free agency to play 2nd???
Yeah if he's included - overall its a good deal for both potentially of course. All comes down to how the players do as always right? But, Arizona saves face some getting a decent package and I love the potential for us in ATL.
Anyone with espn insider, there is an article projecting the braves lineup post-trade. It's on the braves page of espn.com. Please share if you can.
The Atlanta Braves have acquired Justin Upton from the Arizona Diamondbacks, reports Mark Bowman of MLB.com, among others. Bowman tweets that the Braves will send right-handers Randall Delgado and Zeke Spruill, infielder Martin Prado and shortstop prospect Nick Ahmed. The Braves also get third baseman Chris Johnson in the deal.
The Braves' lineup could look as follows, come Opening Day:
Andrelton Simmons, SS
B.J. Upton, CF
Jason Heyward, RF
Justin Upton, LF
Freddie Freeman, 1B
Dan Uggla, 2B
Brian McCann, C
Chris Johnson, 3B
McCann could bat in the No. 8 spot, too, or move up in the order if he's healthy. Heyward, Justin Upton and Freeman are fairly flexible, too, and could end up in any order. Heyward has spent time in the two-hole as well, and the elderly Upton has batted leadoff quite a bit, though his on-base marks suggest he's better used down in the order. Juan Francisco could share time at the hot corner with Johnson.
"Once in awhile you get shown the light in the strangest of places you have to look at it right."
Hate to see Prado go, but man the outfield is going to be sick next year. Strikeouts obviously a concern, but defensively should be a great outfield.
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That would be awesome!
Another great thing about this lineup. 5 right handed 3 left handed hitters or 4 right handed 4 left handed hitters. Not going to be a stretch in the lineup where you can send a specialist out there to get two or three guys out.
Braves stepping up.
Forgot about Francisco at 3B. He's not bad. Still, it hurts losing Prado. Hard to find someone that can move back and forth from third to OF without skipping a beat. I think I still like the deal, but we'll miss Prado.
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